About a week and a half ago I had the chance to do my first "official" photo shoot with a family. Oh the excitement and the nerves! I looked up everything I could about doing a family photo shoot beforehand and spent some time brainstorming poses/props, etc. I met the family (good friends of ours) at a local lake and we got busy! Here's a little sampling of what I snapped:
I was definitely glad I did some more "formal" whole family shots at the beginning...that was the time when the kids would most consistently look at me.
I'm still working on editing (now that, my friends, is where most of the work is, it seems!), but I'm happy with the shots I got.
Some lessons learned for next time:
1) Scout out the location prior to the photoshoot at the same time of day that you plan on shooting. There was a beautiful little chapel by the lake with a lovely wooden door that I planned on utilizing for some pictures, but turns out that between 4-5 pm, that door is in full sunlight! No go.
2) Bring ample (empty!) memory cards. I brought my only card (a 4 GB one) and filled up the entire thing! Almost 400 pictures! I was amazed.
3) Make sure to wear a loooong shirt. As the photographer, you get into all kinds of crazy poses and you want to make sure you stay decent.
4) Don't let your shutter speed slip below 1/60! This accidentally happened with a few photos (I adjusted for exposure without realizing how low I was going) and they were definitely not sharp enough.
This is such a fun learning process for me. I'm definitely still figuring out the ropes of my camera, photoshop elements, and working on developing my editing style. But this family was a joy to learn on, and I hope they really love their pictures. :)
Now to finished editing them...!
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P.S. I have to throw this in because today is a special day--it marks 4 years of marriage to my wonderful sweet husband! I love my Andrew and am glad every day that I married him. :)